Opposition voices went silent, grew weary or were ignored — and gambling roared in – Mark Brown – Chicago Sun-Times
How many collecting Illinois pensions have moved to other states, and how much did they take with them? – Daily Herald
How much money are Illinois colleges getting in the new budget? ‘It’s definitely good news for colleges and universities.’ – Chicago Tribune
Lightfoot must pursue pension reform, reasonable labor contracts to fix Chicago’s budget – IL Policy
Economist says Illinois’ progressive income tax could exacerbate poverty, income inequality – Center Square
Others say progressive tax will help middle-class workers, state
Pritzker’s claims of paying down pension debt “simply dishonest,” fiscal watchdog says – Prairie State Wire
Analysis shows Illinois’ proposed progressive tax rates include ‘punishing’ hikes compared to other states – Center Square
The "giveaway to teachers unions is the strongest sign yet that the Democrats who control both houses of the General Assembly as well as the Governor's Mansion work for them and no one else."
SALT and the ‘Pritzker Tax’: One more reason for Illinois taxpayers to rebel – Editorial – Chicago Tribune
Illinois landed a balanced budget this year. But hold the ne. There’s more to it. – Center for IL Politics
New workers’ comp law creates ‘unprecedented new rights,’ defense attorney says – Madison County Record
Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure. – USA Today
Our own Republican Party leaders failed the taxpayers of Illinois – Op-Ed by eight Republican state reps – Chicago Sun-Times
"The state’s decision to legalize gambling and marijuana helps immediate problems but delays the state’s inevitable financial collapse."
A $45 billion public works plan and what does Illinois get? Deeper in debt. – Editorial – Chicago Tribune
Illinois lawmaker says no tax dollars for public universities that limit free speech – Center Square
With unions applauding, a 3 percent cap on late-in-career pay raises is reversed, even though the added pension cost will be paid by a state fund that's already $75 billion in the red.
Inside Illinois lawmakers’ pork-barrel frenzy: Pickleball courts, dog parks and clout – Chicago Tribune.
John Kass: After Gov. Pritzker, Boss Madigan budget, let’s change state slogan: Illinois-Shut Up and Take It. – Chicago Tribune
Comment: Note the remarks from JPMorgan’s Michael Cembalest, whose work we've written about often here. He said Illinois was one of two states where “deteriorations in pension finances … are practically irreversible.” In order to address its pension gap, Cembalest said the state would have to either increase tax revenues by 25 percent, increase public sector worker contributions by 689 percent or achieve an annual investment return equal to 11.5 percent.
It doesn’t take quantum physics to understand Pritzker’s ‘Rebuild Illinois’ program, but just in case … – Chicago Sun-Times
"I’m told state representatives were instructed to designate $2.5 million-$3 million worth of projects for their districts, while senators were allotted $5 million-$6 million, not to suggest everyone was treated equally." Although many of those “member initiatives” are detailed in the legislation, H.B. 62, others are lumped together in large multi-billion categories with more specific appropriations expected to be disclosed later.
The new state budget doles out money for new buildings and the yet-to-be-built Discovery Partners Institute, as well as the most money ever for the state's student financial assistance program.
Illinois bill requiring minorities to be on corporate boards stripped of key provision – Chicago Tribune
With the legalization of sports betting in Illinois, you could bet against the Cubs or Bears at Wrigley or Soldier fields – Milwaukee JournalSentinel
Illinois lawmakers tackle sexual harassment, human trafficking, teacher pay and more in closing days of legislative session – Chicago Tribune
Attorneys take aim at new work comp law, allowing workers to sue in court and press work comp claims – Cook County Record
"And like the state’s last gambling expansion, in 2009, the massive new bill could bring trouble."